Caribbean Region

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Focusing on Haiti's natural disaster planning and creation of strong community-based civil defense programs, Haiti's Minister of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul, accompanying President Michel Martelly, met with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Senior Director, Jessica Faieta to discuss progress and next steps. The meeting, which took place March 21 in Port-au-Prince, comes within the framework of strengthening the existing, long-term partnership between the UNPD and the Government of Haiti.
Kingston, Jamaica. - Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has assured residents and visitors that business and tourist activities in the resort areas of Jamaica have not been affected by the unrest in sections of Western Kingston.
Flights have been disrupted across the Caribbean after a volcanic eruption on the British overseas territory of Montserrat.The Soufriere Hills volcano, which first erupted in 1995, returned to life on Thursday, spewing ash up to 6 miles (10km) into the sky, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory said.
Chairman of the Trelawny Parish Council, and new Mayor of Falmouth, His Worship Councillor Garth Wilkinson (right), is congratulated by Member of Parliament for Northern Trelawny, and Attorney General, Hon. Patrick Atkinson (left), following the swearing-in ceremony, held in Falmouth on March 29. The town of Falmouth, in Trelawny, has a new Mayor. He is Councillor Garth Wilkinson, of the Falmouth division in the parish.
CASTRIES, Saint Lucia - Saint Lucia's premiere cultural showpiece, Carnival, is receiving additional overseas exposure thanks to a French-based media outlet. Last week, the island played host to a three-member broadcast crew from Martinique's national radio and television station, RFO (Radio-Télévision Française d' Outre-Mer).